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Five Rising Authors Play Their Favorite Characters Hanya Yanagihara dressed as Tom Ripley from Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Hanya Yanagihara dressed as Tom Ripley from Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley.

“Ripley is one of the greatest villains. The villains are always the characters the author has the most fun writing, and they usually get the best lines. I wanted to capture Ripley when he realized he had crossed over from being a frustrated nobody into somebody who had really given up part of his claim to humanness in exchange for a different life.”

Yanagihara is the author of A Little Life, a National Book Award finalist that was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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Maxine Helfman 2013